Last week was an odd week and my busy schedule afforded me zero time to make it to my classes. So, in order to stay on track, I tried out Barre 3′s online workout subscription.
The videos are good. They are very similar to the class I’m taking and easy to follow. The paid subscription cost is also very reasonable. I like that I can choose the video length (10, 30, 40 or 60 minutes) and I can choose an area to focus on if I’m running short on time.
Though I did 3 hours of videos over the course of the week, I definitely felt myself slacking off a bit and getting distracted. Working out in my house is difficult with 3 dogs and a cat vying for my attention, as well as trying to ignore the piles of laundry or the dishes or the paw prints on my hardwood floors. I think it’s definitely a program that could work for people and on weeks where I can’t make it to class, It’s definitely worth it to drop $15 to make sure I stay on track.
Barre at Home
So now, I have all the necessary tools to do these workouts at home. Here’s what you need:
- Yoga Mat
- 12″ Stability Ball
- Hand Weights
- Yoga Stretch Strap
- Chair, table or Counter (I use my kitchen island)
So far so good. People are already starting to notice the difference (thanks mom!). The first few weeks of my Barre and Cardio classes were all about making it to the end of the hour. Now, I have the muscle endurance to really start focusing on proper form and my breathing. My core feels stronger, I’m actually using my abs muscles and not my back and though I still have some mid-back discomfort, it’s getting better.
I’m thinking the inches I’ve lost so quickly are more water related but that’s all part of the process.
Week 1 Loss
Week 2 Loss
2lbs in one week is great for me. I wasn’t expecting a lot in the way of inches lost, I’m just happy I’m not putting inches on, considering the amount of strength training I’m doing and my tendency to bulk before I lose weight.
I feel stronger (2 sets of 10 unmodified pushups and lower squats and lunges), more limber (hello there toes) and less exhausted after every class. I hadn’t realized how weak my core is and I might have to include some pilates classes in the mix to help with the mild back pain I’m experiencing.
I’m still not sleeping great (mostly due to my back) but in general I have more energy than before. I’m not going to bed immediately after dinner anymore. I’m looking forward to posting some recipes next week and having some painting time.
At this rate I should be a dress size smaller just in time for cool October weather. Looking forward to leggings and boots season!
- Loseit (Iphone and web app) – I’ve used this one on and off for a while now. The interface is user friendly, the food database is enormous and adding new foods and custom recipes is super easy. (cost: free with paid options)
- Digifit (iphone app) – workout tracking app that works with my bluetooth heartrate monitor to help me keep accurate account of my workouts. Syncs with Loseit to track calories burned but be sure and turn off the vocal notifcations, they are loud and somewhat terrifying if you’re not expecting them! (cost: $2.99 for device support)
- Bluetooth Heartrate monitor. My husband pushed me to get one of these so I could keep better track of the calories I burn as well as my cardio fitness over time. It’s worked great for keeping me from overdoing it and burning out too quickly. Now my workouts are longer and more effective and my energy level is increasing. (cost: between $40 – $90)
- Water Bottle. I like this one. Straws make me happy.
- Shoes. I have these. I LOVES them. They are trail running shoes by design but I use them for almost everything because they are light-weight and have great support.
- Most important: the love and support of my husband. On busy days when we’re both working all day and then working out at night and he misses me, he still supports me when I have to go to bed at 9pm. He also makes a mean post-workout shake.
A short history of my relationship with exercise
I don’t push myself very hard at the gym (mostly I’m on the elliptical watching netflix on my phone) and I can make all kinds of excuses not to go. I can’t run. I don’t mean I “don’t” run. Or I “find it difficult to” run. I mean my running form is terrible. It’s more like horizontal falling. I played team sports in high school but team sports as an adult (though still fun) is 5% playing and 95% drinking beer. I don’t need to don lycra and cleats to do that. I’m not self-motivated when it comes to working out but having someone else try and motivate me generally annoys me. I’ve successfully done pilates for a year (oh how I miss you sixpack abs) and yoga for a few years and loved them but I needed something with a cardio element in order to burn off calories.
Needless to say this put me in a difficult spot when it came to creating a workout system to follow.
What I finally came up with…
I don’t know why I chose Barre. I passed a place one day and said to myself, “I’m going to try that.” So I did. Truth be known, I was super-caffeinated that day and signed up for a few different things (Boxing, Kung Fu, CrossFit) but after one class at Dancers Shape, I canceled everything else. It seems to be a perfect fit. It’s low-impact. Although their shape classes are not cardio, according to my heart-rate monitor, strength training and my out of shape body equals a lot of calories burnt. For now. And their groove class is cardio, fun and a huge calorie burner for me. Like “eat chili-cheese fries and still meet my quota” calorie burner. I’ve been going for a few weeks now.
I know I will need to modify this as I go to prevent the inevitable plateaus in weight loss so here’s the schedule for month one.
|Day 1||Strength Training - Barre Class||400 - 500 calories|
|Day 2||Cardio - Dance Class||600 - 700 calories|
|Day 3||Cardio - Gym||350 - 400 calories|
|Day 4||Strength Training - Barre||400 - 500 calories|
|Day 5||Cardio - Gym||350 - 400 calories|
|Day 6||Cardio - Dance Class||600 - 700 calories|